American English

Definition of even adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1smooth, level, and flat You need an even surface to work on. opposite uneven
  2. not changing
  3. 2not changing very much in amount, speed, etc. an even temperature all year Children do not learn at an even pace. opposite uneven
  4. equal
  5. 3(of an amount of something) equal or the same for each person, team, place, etc. Our scores are now even. the even distribution of food opposite uneven
  6. 4(of two people or teams) equally balanced or of an equal standard an even contest The two players were pretty even. opposite uneven
  7. numbers
  8. 5that can be divided exactly by two 4, 6, 8, 10 are all even numbers. opposite odd
  9. same size
  10. 6equally spaced and the same size even features/teeth opposite uneven
  11. calm
  12. 7calm; not changing or becoming upset She has a very even temperament. He spoke in a steady, even voice. Nothing disturbed the even tenor of our life.
  13. NAmE//ˈivənnəs//
    noun [uncountable] What she liked in him was his evenness of temper.
  14. Idioms
    be even (informal)
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    to no longer owe someone money or a favor If I pay for the meals then we're even.
    be/get even (with somebody) (informal)
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    to cause someone the same amount of trouble or harm as they have caused you I'll get even with you for this, just you wait.
    to complete a piece of business, etc. without either losing money or making a profit The company just about broke even last year.
    have an even chance (of doing something)
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    to be equally likely to do or not do something She has more than an even chance of winning tomorrow. There's an even chance that the jury will find him guilty.
    on an even keel
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    living, working, or happening in a calm way, with no sudden changes, especially after a difficult time Business is now back on an even keel after the strike. Setting her life back on an even keel after their breakup had been incredibly difficult.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: even